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The Chief Scientific Officer's Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme for Leaders in Healthcare Science

Be at the forefront of making scientific innovation an intrinsic part of delivering a world-class NHS.

Work in collaboration with other leading healthcare scientists to speed up the identification and dissemination of high-value new approaches to improving patient outcomes and increasing efficiency in your service.

Build long-term partnerships and strategic networks with leading centres of excellence in science and technology.

The Chief Scientific Officer's Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme 2018

The CSO's Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme offers a unique opportunity for clinical leaders in their field to build long-term partnerships between clinical, research and industry teams through collaboration at a senior level with partner organisations across the UK's National Measurement System (NMS) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Through facilitating early interaction and knowledge exchange, the programme aims to speed up the identification and dissemination of high value new approaches to improving patient outcomes and increasing efficiency, whilst promoting economic growth and inward investment in the life sciences.

The twelve-month programme is designed to enable healthcare scientists to remain in clinical service whilst exchanging skills and expertise with NMS experts to create, expand, test or implement innovative ideas to improve the quality of patient care (as set out in NHS England's business plans).

Programme themes

Up to 12 successful KTPs will be awarded within the following themes:

  • Novel diagnostics including point of care testing, biosensors, nanotechnology, diagnostic imaging and genomics
  • Advanced therapeutics including pharmacogenomics, ATMPs, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and therapeutic imaging
  • Medical devices and digital health including assistive technologies, rehabilitation robotics, clinical decision support, informatics, digitisation and artificial intelligence
  • Clinical measurements and standards including standardisation, accuracy, reproducibility and reducing uncertainty
  • Accreditation including quality improvement and implementation of service accreditation
  • Antimicrobial resistance. In collaboration with the EPSRC Fast Assessment and Treatment in Healthcare (FAST Healthcare) Network, we are looking for a KTP proposal to support the reduction in antimicrobial use. The successful KTP will benefit from a dedicated FAST network workshop focused on AMR followed by the opportunity to expand their KTP further through FAST network seed-funding with the Engineering and Physical Sciences community.

Applicants will be selected based on their track record of effective leadership and demonstrable research or quality improvement expertise. Key to this will be applicants proposed area of scientific engagement and how this fits with areas of mutual interest between the NHS and the partner organisations. In addition, the judging panel will be seeking evidence of a strong commitment to using this opportunity as a platform for longer term and larger scale collaborations.

What does the programme offer to healthcare scientists?

The programme offers the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate at a senior level with partner organisations that collectively deliver the UK's National Measurement Strategy: the National Physical Laboratory (NPL); the UK National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at LGC; the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC); and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
  • Build long term scientific collaborations between clinical, research and industry teams to successfully address health challenges and speed up the identification and dissemination of healthcare innovations.
  • Advise at a national level through membership on the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer's NHS England senior advisory group.
  • Input into the UK's National Measurement System research programmes to help ensure they provide benefit to the NHS and address key clinical challenges.
  • Enhance your leadership skills through individual King's Fund executive coaching sessions and join other senior leaders and CEOs at high profile leadership events.
  • Critically explore and expand your research idea through a twelve month programme of outcomes-focused master classes, action learning sets and mastermind sessions with topic experts and improvement colleagues at the King's Fund.
  • Professional speaking and ambassadorial opportunities and attendance at the National Chief Scientific Officer's Conference 2019.

We appreciate ideas may be at an early stage of development. For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please email to book a telephone appointment with Dr Alexandra Milsom, Personalised Medicine Scientific Lead at NHS England.

The selection process will include an application form and an interview. The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 April. Interviews will be held on 8 and 9 May in London.

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